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Hezbollah warms to Cabinet developments

July 30, 2009 at 8:07 PM

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 30 (UPI) -- Opposition parties are content with the framework negotiated among lawmakers in Beirut on the development of the next government, Hezbollah says.

Sheik Naim Qassem, the deputy secretary-general of Hezbollah, said opposition leaders were satisfied with the outcome of Cabinet developments, expressing hope for quick action, Hezbollah's al-Manar television network reports.

Qassem said the resistance must work toward its national objectives while the new government takes shape.

"We must bolster national unity and mobilize all capacities to help resist occupation and revitalize economic and social sectors," he said.

Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri said Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri was working to form a coalition Cabinet that includes members of his March 14 alliance as well as lawmakers with Hezbollah and its opposition March 8 slate.

Berri expressed optimism a new government was forthcoming, saying only minor issues remained.

"I can affirm that the political process concerning the formation of the new government is complete," he said.

Hariri pledged to work to form a new government following the June 7 elections that brought his March 14 coalition to power, taking a modest victory over the opposition March 8 slate in the June 7 elections.

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